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Response to Virginia Gov. Northam signing Executive Order 43

CONTACTS: Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 43, setting a goal for the commonwealth to achieve 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2050. Statement from Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons: This announcement from the

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When “clean” energy isn’t

Once the planet’s temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’”

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Virginia Budget Excludes Participation in Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill impeding Virginia’s ability to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative despite a state board’s April vote to join it.

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Va. air board issues misguided approval of gas compressor in African-American community

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Today Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved an air pollution permit for a natural gas compressor station that would power Dominion Energy’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The board’s approval came despite evidence presented at the board’s November 8 and

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Appalachian States Respond to Climate Change Warnings

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Many federal and state leaders continue to ignore man-made global climate change in spite of information presented in new national and international reports. But the governors of North Carolina and Virginia are taking action.

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Documenting Environmental Changes

Eastern hellbender salamander

Citizen scientists use a mobile app to monitor seasonal life cycle phases of plants and animals along the Appalachian Trail, and use drones to monitor the habitats of Eastern hellbender salamanders.

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As the Climate Changes, National Forests Adapt

red spruce

Climate change scientists across the country are compiling data on temperature, rainfall and wildlife in order to anticipate coming challenges for forests and respond appropriately.

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WV Study Connects Acid Rain to Global Temperature

West Virginia University Ph.D. candidate Joe Carrara found that increased acid rain affects the rate of carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere.

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Trump’s War on Reality

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Special column adapted from the Front Porch Blog: Trump’s administration has set a dangerous precedent of relying on dishonesty and alternative facts instead of addressing the scientific truths behind coal and climate change.

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Trump’s war on reality

To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House must wage war on reality itself.

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